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Mar 5, 2011 6:30pm EST
one person dead. julie martin is covering it all for us tonight. >> reporter: at least three tornados ripped through an area 50 miles west of baton rouge, louisiana saturday morning, injuring 12 and killing one. 60 homes were destroyed. in crowley, three high school students suffered injuries at a waffle house when the window was blown out by the tornado. but the most serious damage was in rayne. >> o'reilly's their roof is almost completely gone. >> they suffered extensive damage to the northern part of their town. >> reporter: police evacuated thousands. >> there's a number of houses and businesses that are downed and/or damaged. >> reporter: tornado watches were in effect in louisiana, mississippi and alabama throughout much of the afternoon. in new orleans, two inches of rain fell in just one hour, forcing the cancellations of some mardi gras festivities. in the midwest, more rain, in ohio, residents were cleaning up from flooding earlier in the week. today, more flooding. >> we're really hopeful it won't reach the peak of what we had earlier this week. we do expect some refloodin
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Mar 3, 2011 6:30pm EST
problem that impairs our economy, our health, our jobs, actually puts us in danger. health, our jobs, actually puts us in danger. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. the president of the united states is now on record. the longtime leader of libya needs to leave and change must come now to libya. this is how the president put it at the white house today. >> let me just be very unambiguous about this. colonel gadhafi needs to step down from power and leave. that is good for his country. it is good for his people. it's the right thing to do. >> of course, that brings us to the question of how to do that, how to finish what the libyan uprising has started. there's more support growing for a so-called no-fly zone, but the defense secretary is warning americans that would mean a u.s. air attack on libya first. moammar gad hafi has lost contrl of much of his country, but he's holding trip ole, the capital, which, as you're about to see, has become its own world as if trying to pretend everything's fine. our chief foreign correspondent
NBC
Mar 15, 2011 6:30pm EDT
starting us off in tokyo tonight. thanks. >>> this nuclear crisis just one prong of what japan is dealing with. this is just day five since the 9.0 earthquake, the fifth largest in recorded history. and the tsunami that followed. japan is about 10% smaller than california. this graphic shows the area of the country affected by moderate to severe shaking in the quake. here's the surface area we believe that was covered by water in the tsunami. the recovery hasn't even started in some places, where it's just rubble. the suffering goes on daily, and then the earth shook again violently today. lester holt is in yamagata, good evening. >> reporter: we've chosen to give a wider birth around the plant, which is why we are now in the mountains west of sendai. with each bit of troubling news from the nuclear plant, the anxiety and fear ratchets up across this region. many fear they are not getting the straight truth about the danger they face. in a region still reeling from the horror people can see. it's the one they can't see, radiation that now has some foreigners racing to leave japan. >> the
NBC
Mar 29, 2011 6:30pm EDT
television >>> good evening, a few hours ago here in new york, president obama sat down to talk with us about the dangerous situation in libya and that entire region of the world. we asked him about the speech to the nation he delivered last night, the dangers of u.s. military involvement while already fighting two other wars and the precedent this may set in other nations. and the fact that this may not go quite as the u.s. and nato have planned. notably as you're about to hear, the president left open the possibility of arming the rebels who are in the fight against gadhafi in libya. here now a portion of our conversation with the president at this time of high stakes overseas. the moment your speech ended last night, the associated press put out an item that read, president obama's speech was about defending the first war launched on his watch. how does it end? >> well, first of all, i think it's important to note that we've had two wars on my watch. one which we've wound down and we do not have combat operations in iraq any more. afghanistan is still a tough fight. that weighs heavi
NBC
Mar 16, 2011 6:30pm EDT
and steam continue to billow from the stricken nuclear plant. these new satellite photos give us the clearest view yet of the destruction to the site. there are concerns tonight about a possible breach in the containment vessel at reactor 3. a confirmed breach in reactor 2 is already leaking radiation. and there are new fears that the all-important water cooling the still highly radioactive spent fuel rods at reactor 4 is dangerously low. workers were temporarily evacuated during the night and a water drop by helicopter was aborted after radiation levels briefly surged. tonight officials say they will be running a new power line to the plant that could restore power to the crippled cooling system, potentially a big step forward. but the public no longer knows what to believe. 77-year-old emperor akito made a rare tv address. i am deeply concerned about the nuclear situation because it is so unpredictable, he said. these enormous lines in sendai are people waiting for one bus out of town. near the plant, getting checked for radiation levels now the norm. >> people are worried because
NBC
Mar 30, 2011 7:00pm EDT
the rebels. gadhafi's troops are also changing tactics, using fewer tanks and more civilian cars to avoid being attacked from the air. the toll is clear on the front line. the rebels seem dejected, many appear confused, somber. no sign of the spirit that brought them just days ago to within striking distance of gadhafi's hometown, which now seems far away. the rebels have no communications, no commanders, but they do have weapons. artillery, mortars, even surface-to-surface rockets. but no idea how to use them. and their enemy is outthinking them. the terrain has now become a decisive factor in this war, which gadhafi's forces are using to their advantage. the rebels stay mostly on or near the main tarmaced roads. gadhafi's forces now in that direction are also on the roads, and they're engaging the rebels, but simultaneously, gadhafi's troops are also going out in small teams with mortars in jeeps through the open desert to flank around the rebels and catch them in a cross-fire. until now, it's been easy for western pilots to identify and destroy government tanks. but now that gadh
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Mar 19, 2011 5:30pm PDT
that everybody left us, we are left alone with this killer. >> at one point an old fighter plane was seen falling from the sky and crashing. the cause still unclear. back in tripoli the government said it was abiding by a cease fire it declared on friday. pro gadhafi attacks on rebel held towns, reportedly shot after the cease-fire were lies fabricated by the rebels. >> we have no bombardment of any kind after the cease-fire was declared by us. once over benghazi those french planes lost little time. firing on several tanks and weapons. the rebels there were celebrating the news. back in tripoli there was defiance. thousands of libyan supports packed into gadhafi's compound making themselves human shields. >> state turns v told libyans american had bombed civilian areas in tripoli. lester, late tonight in an area recording, they called on latin americans, africans to confront their colonial crusader and libya has become a battle ground. >> thank you. as the attacks began president obama moved quickly to reassure the nation, speaking from brazil where he's beginning a five day economi
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Mar 31, 2011 7:00pm EDT
amounts that pose no harm to any of us. but now the epa says traces of radiation have been found in milk. again, they say, far below levels of public health concern, but that won't stop some public concern. it's where we begin tonight with nbc's tom costello in washington. tom, good evening. >> reporter: hi, brian. the u.s. has already halted imports of dairy products and produce from japan, but radiation travels in the air, it falls on pastures and meadows and it appears to have been consumed already by american cows. 4700 miles from the nuclear disaster in japan, the faintest hints of radiation have now turned up in america's milk supply. trace amounts of radioactive iodine 131 found in samples taken from california on march 28th and washington state on march 25th. but levels so low the epa says a sample taken from spokane would have to be 5,000 times higher to reach levels at which the fda would intervene. >> for parents out there, this is a speck of dust. you should not worry about it. the worry itself will be far worse than the dust of radiation we're talking about. >> reporter
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Mar 14, 2011 5:30pm PDT
struck, wiping out all emergency generators and batteries. now workers using fire trucks are pumping sea water into all three reactors to try to cool them. the water releases the hydrogen when it hits the metal inside, the cause of the explosions. that water also creates steam, which has to be vented, carrying small amounts of radiation. the "uss ronald reagan" was diverted after small amounts of radiation were detected on board and on personnel flying relief helicopters, but the pentagon said it posed little risk to the crew. the big danger would be the release of that fuel into the environment. that danger recedes with every day because the fuel is cooling, but nobody is going to relax until this situation is declared to be completely under control. >> all right, bob, thanks. robert bazell in tokyo tonight. >>> we have more on this nuclear risk. beyond the immediate area in japan, a lot of americans are asking a lot of questions. with us here in our new york studios, fizz kis james acton with the carnegie endowment. first of all, this latest development tonight, i know it's enormously
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Mar 17, 2011 6:30pm EDT
, usually used to combat airplane fires, to shoot water from a safe distance. the entire operation is a race to get water into the severely damaged reactors before the fuel explodes. so far the radiation levels have been high enough to only be a serious threat to the workers at the site. still, the japanese government has ordered people living within 12 miles of the site to evacuate. those within 18 miles to stay indoors. the u.s. government says its residents within 50 miles should leave. >> we think it's a prudent measure to follow the evacuation based on how we would handle a situation like that in the united states. >> reporter: there are six reactors at the site. in unit 1 an explosion destroyed part of an outer building. in unit 2 there may have been an explosion rupturing the containment facility and possibly letting radioactive fuel escape. unit 3 was the target of today's water drops. it too had an explosion of the outer building and it also has exposed fuel rods. unit 4 was shut down for maintenance when the earthquake struck, but it became the subject of a controversy when th
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Mar 25, 2011 6:30pm EDT
gadhafi's forces. today nbc's richard engel joined them at the front lines and comes to us now from benghazi. richard, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. today we were actually able to go south and moving through the desert to go behind the rebels' front line and enter the city of of ajdabiya and see fighting inside the city itself. through the desert behind the rebels' front line, we follow a secret convoy to bring water and fuel to the people of ajdabiya, a rebel city still partially held by gadhafi's forces. we reach ajdabiya's eastern gate. it's controlled by rebels, and marked by a tattered flag. ajdabiya is mostly deserted, an urban war zone. shops are closed or destroyed. there's no power or running water. just fighting between the revolutionaries and gadhafi's men, says this man. through a broken gate we enter his home. it was badly damaged by gadhafi's troops. this is shrapnel, he says, from the tank round that hit his house and went right in this room. and the fighting isn't over. outside we hear gunfire. gadhafi's troops are just a few blocks away. we see re
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Mar 2, 2011 7:00pm EST
. the difficult part will be harnessing that energy and using it to create an effective fighting force. there have been 500 people that have been scripted so far. most have never served in the military and have never fired a gun. former military officers have started the training while ammunition is stockpiled around town and weapons are tested. on the streets, the demonstrations continue with defiance and in open contempt of moammar gadhafi that was once unthinkable. stephanie gosk, nbc news, benghazi. >> reporter: i'm jim maceda in tripoli. moammar gadhafi, the arab world's longest-serving leader chose this day, the anniversary of his revolution and this crowd packed with supporters and dozens of foreign journalists, to set the record straight. here is what he said about libya's uprising. there is no uprising, no power struggle and no internal problems in libya. it's the kind of head-snapping response the world has come to know. gadhafi in his flowing robes and head held high and speaking for two and a half hours hardly looked like a spent force. he's always been eccentric, female bo
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Feb 28, 2011 5:30pm PST
willing to overlook gadhafi's abuses until now. brian? >> andrea mitchell starting us off tonight. andrea, thanks. >>> on the ground in libya tonight there is new pressure on gadhafi as well. those who want him out, as we said, are moving closer to the capital. and there's high anxiety about what may happen next. nbc' jim maceda is in tripoli tonight. jim, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. gadhafi may have told foreign journalists today that his people love him but anti-gadhafi forces have never been closer to the capital. despite a ring of soldiers and heavy armor around the city, inside libyans were daring to protest. this funeral for a man shot in the head by a sniper turned into an anti-gadhafi demonstration. but just as quickly ended after someone fired a round. and as people here heard reports of opposition forces moving closer to the capital, there were signs of growing anxiety. many are standing hours outside banks to collect a $400 handout from the regime in a desperate attempt to buy support before the chaos strikes. everyone here seems to expect civil war, and the
NBC
Mar 28, 2011 6:30pm EDT
us. i've got 200 on back order. it doesn't matter, it seems, if customers actually know how to use a geiger counter. with many not trusting the government, they may simply offer peace of mind. and with so many unsettling images coming from areas hit so hard by the quake, any comfort goes a long way. now, those rolling blackouts continue, brian, throughout most of the country, including here in tokyo. and the basics, like bread and water, are still scarce in some of the grocery stores. anything that's perishable is being sent up north, where an estimated quarter of a million people are still in shelters tonight. >> lee cowan starting us off tonight in tokyo. lee, thanks. >>> a quick note, in this country today marks the 32nd anniversary of the partial meltdown at three mile island in pennsylvania. the nuclear emergency came about due to technical malfunction at the time and human error. radiation release and damage to the core resulted in evacuations and a new look at nuclear safety in this country. this morning, a small crowd gathered at the plant to mark the event 32 years ago today
NBC
Mar 28, 2011 5:30pm PDT
about the uses and limits of military power while he is president and said there will be times like this when our safety isn't directly threatened but our interests and values are. our coverage begins with white house correspondent savannah guthrie at washington's ft. mcnair where the president spoke tonight. savannah, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. this was the president's chance to explain his actions in libya, put them in context and to highlight what aides consider a success story. the president intervening militarily on behalf of an international coalition to stop gadhafi from massacring his own citizens. >> we were faced with the prospect of violence on a horrific scale. to brush aside america's responsibility as a leader and more profoundly our responsibilities to our fellow human beings under such circumstances would have been a betrayal of who we are. some nations may be able to turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries. the united states of america is different. as president, i refuse to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves before takin
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Mar 1, 2011 7:00pm EST
with tonight's report. >>> "making a difference" for young superheroes. using the power of fun to help build strong minds. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening, the white house reported some new numbers today about women in this country. and while in many ways women continue to pass men by, an old problem is just as bad, just as serious and it continues to hold women back economically. while female students were something of a novelty at some colleges and universities just two, three generations ago, they're now the majority on campus. but then comes the problem, the pay gap in the workplace, and that hasn't changed. it's where we begin tonight with nbc news white house correspondent savannah guthrie. savannah, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. aides say this white house report compiles a mountain of federal data to provide a snapshot of where women are in 2011. the kind of project the white house hasn't undertaken in nearly 50 years. the first comprehensive white house report on women since president kennedy asked elea
NBC
Mar 20, 2011 6:30pm EDT
with a mandate to use all necessary means to stop gadhafi's attacks, nato warplanes were in the skies again tonight over tripoli, triggering a hail of tracers and anti-aircraft fire, the city on a knife's edge. lester, at one point tonight, we heard an explosion that seemed to come from the general direction of gadhafi's compound. and immediately, the rumors spread that he might have been hit. minutes later, we learned that the u.s. government had issued a short statement, colonel gadhafi is not a target. lester? >> jim maceda in tripoli. thanks. just who are the anti-gadhafi fighters the u.s. is in affect, helping to support? our chief foreign correspondent richard engel has kress crossed from egypt into rebel-held territory in libya and he has that part of the story -- tobruk tonight. >> reporter: as we crossed from egypt into libya today it didn't look like the latest military intervention in the middle east had just begun. the mood was calm. we easily passed through relaxed rebel checkpoints. a week ago, as gadhafi's forces were advancing, we watched people on this same road take
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Mar 4, 2011 5:30pm PST
tied to that oil price. savannah guthrie, thanks for starting us off. >>> in the state of new jersey this morning the price of gas went up 17 cents and it's happening of course from east to west across the country. multiply that by what it takes to fill up, say, the average suv. do that a few times every week while commuting to work and home again and that's real money. we know why it's happening, but we just don't know when and where these gas increases will stop. it will make everything more expensive. nbc's miguel almaguer is in west covina, california, tonight with this story. miguel, let's start with those gas prices over your shoulder. >> reporter: yeah, brian, good evening. sticker shock for so many californians. while us out west are used to higher gas prices, what's happening here is trickling down well beyond the pump. this los angeles suburb pumping out some of the highest gas prices in the nation. in west covina, you pay a premium for premium. $4.99. >> it's frustrating. >> reporter: in this bedroom community, we found the price of gas affects an entire city's economy. >>
NBC
Mar 18, 2011 5:30pm PDT
halt violence against his own people has left us with no other choice but to pursue this course of action. >> reporter: u.s. officials say air strikes against gadhafi forces would be led by the british and french, with an unusual arab coalition. support expected from jordan, the united emirates, qatar and kuwait. >> i can tell the house britain will deploy tornados and typhoons as well as air refueling and surveillance aircraft. >> reporter: president obama ruled out u.s. ground troops but not air power. u.s. officials say the u.s. role would be to provide intelligence and surveillance planes and awacs to track gadhafi's air defenses. they would also provide aerial refueling to allied planes enforcing the no-fly zone. the navy already has warships in the mediterranean with warships with cruise missiles and two nuclear submarines. the u.s. is expecting the saudis and others to help pay for what they see as a short engagement, but they added there will be cost for the u.s. taxpayer. tonight libya claimed it would advance no further on benghazi, but u.s. officials say gadhafi forces h
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Mar 26, 2011 6:30pm EDT
us. >> reporter: geraldine ferraro became walter mondale's runningmate in 1984. >> vice president, it has such a nice ring to it. >> this is an exciting choice. >> reporter: what time labeled an historic choice, sudden thing for the new york congresswoman, daughter of an italian immigrant. >> i was a teacher, a prosecutor, spent six years in congress. i no the issues. >> pressed on her toughness. >> could you push the nuclear button? >> i can do whatever it is necessary in order to protect the security of this country. >> including that? >> yeah. >> reporter: gender became an issue and ferraro fought back. >> let me help you with the difference, ms. ferraro between iran and the embassy in lebanon. >> let me say first of all, i almost resent, vice president your patronizing attitude that you have to teach me about foreign policy. >> reporter: a landslide defeat that november when president reagan and vice president bush won re-election, and there were personal set backs. married more than 50 years, her husband, john zacarro convicted in 1985 for financial fraud. twice ferraro ran f
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Mar 12, 2011 5:30pm PST
passengers unknown too. >> we are used to earthquakes in japan, i have experienced many in five years. but this is the first -- is it started shaking and something was different. straight away me and my co-workers realized, this is the big one. >> reporter: this is what the tsunami looked like from inside the airport at sendai. the terrified passengers watched and waited. the japanese minister got a look at the devastation and the tsunami's raw power. engaged by the amount of real estate that it swallowed. once a bustling modern city, those yellow circles are key government buildings and hospitals. this is what it looks like now. a town replaced by a a toxic brew of mud, oil and debris. here alone, nearly 10,000 people remain unaccounted for. fires from ruptured gas and oil lines continue to burn out of control. the painful irony here is that water is everywhere, but at least a million homes have gone without any drinking water since the quake struck. millions don't have any power either. roads and bridges that need repair crews to fix it, remain large largely unpassable. one barrier after
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Mar 6, 2011 6:30pm EST
the rails. metro use in los angeles, up 10%. and across the country, commuters are using the latest technology, smartphone apps and social media, to find the cheapest gas, anything to save a buck. >> everybody i know is trying to carpool and fill the cars as much as possible. >> reporter: gas prices hit a high in february, but in the weeks ahead, spring when prices typically rise the most. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. >>> as we mention ted top of the newscast, the obama administration is weighing options to bring some relief to those soaring pump prices. nbc's mike viqueira is at the white house now. he has more for us. mike? >> reporter: the white house is facing increasing pressure to do something only done twice in recent years, that is to tap into this country's strategic petroleum reserve. today the president's chief of staff signalled mr. obama is willing to take a controversial step, if the price at the pump continues to soar. >> well, we are looking at the options. the issue of the reserves is one we are considering. >> reporter: that would be the strategic petrol
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Mar 23, 2011 7:00pm EDT
is with us from there tonight. richard, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. the rebels have the will, they have the numbers, but they don't have the equipment or the discipline to take on gadhafi's forces where they're dug in, as we saw for ourselves firsthand today. the road outside benghazi today is a graveyard of gadhafi's armored vehicles, destroyed by western air strikes. after an hour and a half driving south flanked by desert, we reached the rebels' front line. there are no trenches or sandbags, just men poorly armed, who want to fight. the front line is about five miles outside the town of ajdabiya. smoke can be seen rising from ajdabiya in the distance. gadhafi still has tanks and artillery in the town. the rebels watch with binoculars but can't advance. outgunned, the rebels say they are killed whenever they approach gadhafi's forces. we have light weapons, he has tanks, complained one man. another rebel showed me he isn't actually armed at all. >> it's a toy gun. >> reporter: this is amazing. he just handed me his gun. i didn't realize until he put it in my h
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Mar 7, 2011 7:00pm EST
. >> tom costello starting us off. tom, thanks. >>> now to our team across the country. we're joined by miguel almaguer in west covina, california. john yang is in chicago and ron mott in atlanta. ron, we'll start with you. good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening to you. the average cost for a gallon of regular here in georgia, $3.43. that is up 13 cents in just the past week. 40 cents over the past month and almost 80 cents higher than it was this time a year ago here at this exxon station in the buckhead section of atlanta. the prices are a little higher than the state average. the pain at the pump starting to spread as well. taxi riders are being hit with a $2 fuel surcharge every time they get into a cab. that went into effect a few weeks ago. and school districts around the state starting to pay attention to those bus budgets, because especially those districts that did not lock in their gas prices. >>> this is john yang in chicago where gas prices have gone up 11% in the last month alone. now an average of $3.71 a gallon. that's 20 cents higher than the national average. on
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Mar 5, 2011 6:30pm EST
pnc. for the achiever in us all. >>> storm threat, a tornado's direct hit brings devastation as extreme weather bears down on much of the country. >>> under attack. gadhafi's brutal show of force against rebels on the outskirts of tripoli. >>> captured, the search for a notoris predator that lasted more than a decade may finally be over. >>> and culture clash. the oscar winner and her real life role that sparked a new debate over family values. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good day, everyone. this has been a day of dancing rains and tornados. some 26 states, over 100 million americans have been in the path of this system which has triggered flood watches and warnings from parts of missouri all the way to vermont. while in the south, thunderstorms have unleashed tornados near southwestern louisiana. including one that's left at least one person dead. julie martin is covering it all for us tonight. >> reporter: at least three tornados ripped through an area 50 miles west of baton rouge, louisiana saturday morning, injuring 12 and killing one. 60 homes were des
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Mar 8, 2011 7:00pm EST
wallpaper there. >>> that's going to do it for us. thank you for watching. "nightly news" is heading your way next. >>> on our broadcast tonight, turning the tide. in libya, if the rebels are going to win, it's going to be a tough long haul, and gadhafi is going right at them now. >>> anonymous no more. an inside look at the world of secretive computer hackers that have some big organizations scared. >>> tough choices, getting a cancer diagnosis while pregnant. complicated issues. and an inspiring success story. >>> education nation, a new movie with a powerful message for parents. your kids are overworked. >>> also tonight, a big development involving one of america's best known brand names. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. >>> good evening. it hasn't been stopped cold, but it has been slowed way down. this rebel uprising in libya that made such progress early on and seemed to be coming after moammar gadhafi is now under attack, and has slowed down. while a lot of libya remains under rebel control. tripoli is holding
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Mar 22, 2011 5:30pm PDT
, big news tonight for some of the largest cities in america, and what it says about all of us. >>> and "making a difference." a woman on a mission to fight the battle of the bulge, one entire town at a time. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening, with cruise missiles and air strikes reigning down on his country, moammar gadhafi has not only survived any of the strikes that might have landed near him, tonight he appeared on libyan tv in front of a crowd of supporters in tripoli, vowing to be victorious in the end. the u.s. lost a jet there today, an older fighter jet, mechanical failure they say, and not a shootdown. both pilots are okay. but it could have ended much differently. and in the beginning stages still of this so far u.s.-led attack, a lot of people are wondering how this ends. we begin tonight with our pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski. jim, good evening? >> reporter: good evening, brian. for american air crews, this is about as tense as it gets. and it took more than 12 hours to safely recover both of the do
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Mar 8, 2011 5:30pm PST
military is attacking using real weapons against people, while the whole region may be changing, change may take a long time. and libya's long time leader has no plans to give up easily. we begin tonight again with nbc news chief foreign correspondent richard engel in tripoli. richard, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. gadhafi is using both brute force, killing his own people and trying to control journalists, all in an effort to stop this rebellion. air power and gadhafi's trained army are driving back, motivated but undisciplined rebels as they struggle to advance. in ras lanouf, an oil town on the mediterranean, rebels fired anti-aircraft guns in the air. the rebels sound defiant. >> down, down. >> reporter: but the reality is, they're losing momentum, crushed by gadhafi's air strikes. in nearby bin jawad, the rebels, most of them inexperienced new recruits are exposed as they cross the desert. so far, gadhafi's forces have attacked in the open, avoiding population centers like benghazi. on the eastern battlefield, gadhafi's troops warn that could come next. >> today we
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Mar 19, 2011 6:30pm EDT
help crushed. >> we are disappointed that everybody left us, we are left alen with this killer. >> a fighter plane was seen falling from the sky the cause still unclear. back in tripoli, seize fire declared on friday. this amateur video was reportedly shot after the seize fire were lies fabricated by the rebel. >> we have -- after the seiceas fire was decleared by us. the planes fired on ar particularly weapons according to remember el sources. there was defiance thousands of supporters packed into the compound making themselves human shields. >> some real harm against civilians. >> reporter: while state tv told that they had bombed in tripoli. gaddafi called on latin americans to quote follow the crusader and thattid had become a battle ground. >> as the attacks began, president obama moved to reassure the nation. nbc's chief white house core spend dent chuck todd joins us now from brazil chuck? >> reporter: u.s. officials coordinated on three continents. while they were coordinating, they had one message that they wanted to send. not only was this a coalition, the u.s. was not driv
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Mar 20, 2011 5:30pm PDT
us tonight. jim, thanks. >>> now to libya. jim maceda is in tripoli, which is part of a new no-fly zone in effect now. he has the view from there tonight. >> reporter: only days ago, pro-gadhafi forces were pushing relentlessly along this road and about to take the rebel capital of benghazi, but today this is what remained. bodies, among dozens of destroyed tanks and artillery pieces, some still smoldering. now, some 20 miles from benghazi, there were only rebels, all confident that with their newly found firepower they could beat gadhafi. >> we are against him completely. no one -- it's over. it is over, over, over. >> reporter: but gadhafi has other ideas. in a new voice recording, which aired on libyan tv today, he called the air strikes acts of terror and swore he'd defeat the invaders. "we are preparing ourselves for a long war in a vast land that you cannot fight on," he said. and his forces were on the attack again in rebel-held misrata with tank and sniper fire reportedly killing two. meanwhile, images of the dead and wounded, identified as casualties from the air strikes,
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Mar 24, 2011 6:30pm EDT
. >> all right, richard engel in libya for us tonight. richard, thanks. >>> now to syria. and in the midst of this wave of uprisings from the middle east to north africa and these arab nations, there is reason to believe tonight that syria might be the next nation to go. thousands took to the streets to express their rage over the killings of protesters by security forces yesterday in the city of. dara. syria's leaders are clearly in no mood for the pro-democracy protests. they want them put down but the people don't seem willing to back down. nbc's ron allen has our report. >> reporter: only a few fleeting images document the brutality. pictures said to be taken by syrian protesters, confronted by government security forces. much of the aftermath too graphic to go. don't shoot, we are your brothers and sisters, a man yells. at least 37 people have been slaughtered the past few days in a town called dara. thousands there demanding greater freedom and fairness. police also have had little patience for smaller protests in the capital, damascus. watch how this officer arrests this woman. near
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Mar 10, 2011 5:30pm PST
capitol this morning, protesters tried to get in. >> let us in! >> reporter: inside protesters blocking access to the state assembly chamber were forcibly taken out. cc >> i'm asking you please to get: up and walk out. >> no! >> reporter: because last night senate republicans took what many are calling the nuclear option, passing legislation to strip public workers of many of their collective bargaining rights. >> this is clearly a violation of the open meetings law. >> reporter: the legislative fight that has roiled for four weeks was over in barely 30 minutes. republicans used an unusual parliamentary maneuver to separate the measure from the spending provision. that allowed them to pass the legislation without any of the : senate democrats, who had blocked a vote by fleeing the state. after the vote, senate republicans needed a police escort to leave the building as protesters called after them. today the acrimony continued in the assembly. >> this is wrong!cc1: >> reporter: republican governor scott walker said the collective bargaining limits are needed to attack the $3.6 billion b
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Mar 24, 2011 5:30pm PDT
that drips into his eyes and mouth at bathtime. >> so i cannot use mineral water, bottled water for taking a bath every day. so it's like more scary. >> reporter: throughout the city store shelves that held bottled water are now bare and the companies are ramping up production. the government handed out nearly a quarter of a million bottles of water to families with infants. on wednesday, officials here warned that radiation levels in the water were higher than recommended for infants. now they say the water is safe, hardly reassuring for tokyo residents. >> the figures will likely fluctuate. i still won't use tap water for my daughter. >> reporter: radioactive steam was still rising from the nuclear plant 150 miles away. work continued, but there was a serious accident. >> three workers have been exposed to radiation. >> reporter: contractors laying electrical cable were exposed to more than 170 millisieverts of radiation. the equivalent of 17 cat scans. radioactive water seeped into their boots, burning the skin on their legs. two have been hospitalized. a doctor who studied the h
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